Following Tongan tradition, his father trained Lolo as a plumber.
In 1974, he met Bev Jasper while she was in the Peace Corps in Tonga.
They were married October 19, 1974, and soon moved to her hometown of Spokane, WA.
He joined UA Local 44 retiring from Spokane School District 81where he worked as a plumber for 22 years.
Lolo brought many Tongan traditions to his family and friends.
All occasions were celebrated with his beloved pig roasts where many a 300lb pig was sacrificed whether the guest list was 100 or 10.
He prided himself on his large gardens where produce was often for display purposes first and consumption second.
Lolo and the Seahawks arrived in Washington in almost the same year.
After switching from rugby to football, he was an unwavering fan.
He was a loyal member of North Park Racquet Club for 38 years where he worked out daily and played tennis with the Medicare tennis group.
He was a proud fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his father Sione, mother Lua, one brother Tongaleva and father-in-law Lee Jasper.
He is survived by his wife, Bev; children: Andrew Hopoi; Katy (Mike) Henry; Gina (Scott) McGlocklin; William (Jaime) Hopoi; grandchildren: Donny, Anthony and Lisa Hopoi, Jacob and Peyton Henry, Rocci, ‘Isapela and Mia McGlocklin, and Piper Hopoi; mother-in-law Glad Jasper; and eight siblings and many nieces and nephews in New Zealand and Tonga.
The family would like to thank Lisa, Sue, Paul, Jenny and the rest of the Gentiva Hospice team for the wonderful care given to Lolo.
To everyone he met, Lolo was unforgettable and one-of-a-kind.
He will be missed by many.
‘Ofa lahi atu!
A Memorial Mass will be held Sunday, July 21st at 2:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3720 E. Colbert Rd., Colbert, WA.
A private family interment was held earlier.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or a charity of your choice.
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